Winners in the ‘Lead Actor in a Musical’ and ‘Lead Actress in a Musical’ categories to be sent to The National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City where they will perform on a Broadway stage before industry experts and compete for scholarship opportunities to New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts
SAN JOSE, CA – A panel of nationally recognized judges—including casting director Michael Donovan, producer, director and choreographer Andy Ferrara, and actress Wendy Rosoff—announced the 2017 winners of The Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors held last night at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts. Sponsored by Children’s Musical Theater San Jose (CMT San Jose) and Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation, this yearly regional awards competition recognizes outstanding achievement in high school musical theatre in the greater California region. The evening’s showcase of leading actors and actresses was staged by CMT San Jose Artistic Director, Kevin Hauge.
This year’s winners are:
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Novato High School, Novato, CA
Archbishop Mitty High School, San Jose, CA
LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:
Eric Gaydon as “Curly” in Oklahoma!
Valley Christian High School, San Jose, CA
LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:
Natalie Bourgeois as “Jo” in Little Women
St. Francis Catholic High School, Sacramento, CA
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:
Tyler Harding as “Wealthy Husband/Various Roles” in Disaster!
Willow Glen High School, San Jose, CA
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:
Sana Aladin as “Miss Darbus” in High School Musical
The Harker School, San Jose, CA
Eric Gaydon (‘Lead Actor in a Musical’) and Natalie Bourgeois (‘Lead Actress in a Musical’) will join over 70 winners from 37 regional programs across the nation at The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA)— also known as the Jimmy™ Awards—in New York City, where they will perform on Monday, June 26 on Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre stage before industry experts and compete for scholarship opportunities to New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. 2017 Tony Award nominee Ben Platt, currently starring on Broadway in Dear Evan Hansen, will serve as host. All nominees will prepare for their debut on a Broadway stage during a ten-day professional training intensive with NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ New Studio with Broadway faculty members, plus other theatre professionals.
The National High School Musical Theatre Awards was established in 2009 to elevate the importance of theatre arts education in schools and reward excellence in student performance. The program impacts over 50,000 students annually who participate in high school musical theatre competitions sponsored by thirty professional theatres throughout the United States.
Since its inception, NHSMTA has been the catalyst for more than $1,000,000 in educational scholarships awarded to deserving young performers. Also known as The Jimmy Awards, named for Broadway impresario James M. Nederlander, this year-round program is administered by The Broadway League Foundation, Inc., The Broadway League’s charitable foundation. Its mission is to enlighten and increase the public’s knowledge, appreciation and awareness of the theatrical arts and to provide a forum for the discussion of issues relating to the preservation and promotion of live theatre as a vital and culturally significant artistic medium.